Africa Prudential charge cooperative societies on technology inclusion

Africa Prudential Plc has charged the cooperative movements in Nigeria on digital adaptation in their business, culture and structure to properly position them  in the new economy, and unlock the potential of the sector in sustainable development in Africa. 

The call was made by Managing Director/CEO, Africa Prudential Plc, Obong Idiong, while speaking as a Guest Speaker at the 5th Cooperative Summit and 2019 International Cooperative Day, held by the Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN) at Jos, Plateau State recently.

While delivering his paper on Cooperatives and the Digital Workspace, Obong noted that digital technologies are changing the lives of consumers. Social Media provides them with a new voice. Mobile devices and online platforms alter what people expect from businesses, and ‘big data’ is giving organisations the opportunity to understand and fully engage with their stakeholders – whether these are members or customers. He emphasized that the ‘middle-man’ in today’s businesses, including cooperative societies, is technology.

The theme this year is, “Cooperatives for Decent Work”, which is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG8) which aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Khadijat Abdulkadir, Chief Technology Officer, also speaking at the summit, explained that Africa Prudential Plc has added SDG9 to the mix this year as the Company provides innovative value by automating the cooperative sector, and providing access to EasyCoop—an Enterprise Resource Planning solution which takes care of end-to-end automation and administration of cooperative societies—as a way to drive value for the cooperative sector.

Taking its advocacy role further, Opeyemi Onifade, Head, Cooperative Society Business confirmed that Africa Prudential Plc will be at the Global Conference ‘Cooperatives for Development’ and General Assembly of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) which is slated to hold in Kigali, Rwanda from October 14 to 17, 2019.

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